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General Discussion / Re: Holding tanks not draining through macerator
« on: October 05, 2022, 04:22:46 pm »
I think if it were me having a problem like originally described I would probably do the following:

1.  My PC has a cover on the big hose dump port and on that cover is a regular garden hose connection with a cap.   

2.  I would take one of my old (I have a couple of used ones I keep for various uses) washing machine hoses (they have female hose couplers on both ends) and attach to that dump port at the hose connection, leaving the cover in place.

3.  I would then hook up my garden hose to the free end of the washer hose.  I would also have my standard 40 pound rv hose regulator hooked up to the garden hose. 

4.  I would make sure both the black and grey tank valves were closed and I would turn on the 40 psi fresh water hose, forcing a back pressure into the macerator pump which would already be turned on and see what came out, if anything.   

5.  If nothing came out, I would know the problem was probably in the pump or right at the pump.   

6.  If she no go, I would disassemble the pump.    I am reluctant to mess with my pump because I have had lots of problems with the way PC mounted it and I have pretty successfully remounted it to better align with the rigid pvc from the tanks.  Essentially, road vibrations would cause the bayonet to pop a leg and I would have to replace it as I recall.  I modified it soon after I got it ten years ago last month and it is storage now so I can't recall in detail just what all I did to elevate the problem. 


General Discussion / Re: Holding tanks not draining through macerator
« on: October 03, 2022, 09:18:43 pm »
I am asking out of ignorance because I have never had a macerator problem but if part of the blades are missing don't they make a heck of racket when the pump motor is turned on??

General Discussion / Re: What’s it worth
« on: September 30, 2022, 12:56:27 pm »
PPL Motorhomes is a very large consignment dealer with three locations in Texas.  I have both purchased and sold motorhomes through them and found them to be real pros.   Here is a link to previous sales giving price, descriptions, etc of actual transactions.  You can search by brand, price, type of rig etc. and the site is very user friendly.   I find it a good place to go for real world prices based on actual sales. 


General Discussion / Re: replacing an absorption refrigerator with 12-volt
« on: September 25, 2022, 06:57:36 pm »
Like MikeH said, summers here in Oklahoma can get pretty brutal at times.   Our 2013 PC230 with slide refrig performs just like Mike indicated:  very well and we have to watch that it is not set too cold or we will freeze goods in the refrigerator section..   Candidly I have never pulled the outside cover panel off the refrig to see how it is rigged, but it is 2013 stock and has never been a problem.  Unlike Mike, I have not suffered the dirt daubers stopping up anything.    :)(:

General Discussion / Re: Is that a Solar Panel?!
« on: September 22, 2022, 09:08:00 am »
I installed two solar panels on our 2350.  The first one was a standard rigid 100w panel and I installed it using a mounting kit, screwing down into the roof of the PC and cross bars.  The second one was a 100w flexible panel and I installed it using 3M tape.  I also used Dicor sealant on the edge of the entire flex panel and Dicor to cover all the screws used on the rigid panel as well as where the mounting blocks met the roof.     

That was all done six or seven years ago and I have never had a problem with either installation.  I check my roof before and after each major trip.  When I say check, I mean I check everything up there including the Maxair covers, the AC and so on.   

Candidly, I trust my own installation as opposed to some BillyBob of unknown skill up there doing it at an RV shop.  To him or her, it is just one of the jobs of the day.  For me, it is my vehicle and it cost a lot and I want to be safe and not worry about it going down the road. 

General Discussion / Re: replacing an absorption refrigerator with 12-volt
« on: September 10, 2022, 01:11:27 pm »
Folks seem to really like compressor refrigs in motorhomes these days.   Personally, I prefer propane because properly maintained it is inexpensive and a refrig uses very little of it as Ron mentioned in his post.   Something to think about is that all those travel trailers and fifth wheels going down the road are using propane to run their refrigerators.   In our PC, my wife simply walks back there and turns the switch to off a mile or so from where I am going to pull in to fill up on gasoline.   

I guess I am just one of those lucky guys that never seems to have a problem with my absorption fridges over the years staying cool.   A lot of folks that have Class Bs add a small fan on theirs on the back of the unit to blow upward and assist in dispersal of hot air.   That seems to make them cool better on the Bs which by definition have small refrigs in a tight spaces.   


General Discussion / Re: New tires recommendations
« on: September 05, 2022, 09:26:48 am »
Here is a link to the Michelin recommendations and comments that Keelhauler mentioned in his post.


I think it is interesting that the manufacturer states a ten year life under certain conditions.   


General Discussion / Re: New tires recommendations
« on: September 04, 2022, 05:36:28 pm »
Thanks for the replies to my original post.   Sounds like I need to go buy some new Michelin Agilis Cross Climates.  I'll do that this week.    It seems incredible to me that the MS2s on it now (which were a result of a Michelin recall) have aged out.  It seems like five years ago, not eight and eight is longer than my normal six year horizon.    Covid just knocked everything off kelter for me by two years, along with caring for a now deceased relative.   We want to get new "tars" and hit the road this fall!!


General Discussion / New tires recommendations
« on: August 31, 2022, 04:30:31 pm »
I searched the forum but mostly got a lot of stuff from years ago.  On a more contemporary note, what tires are folks using and liking for our PCs in the last year or two.  Our 2350 is a 2013 on a  350 chassis. 



General Discussion / Re: Power Step
« on: July 01, 2022, 07:49:24 pm »
That little push button switch in the door controls the steps when the door is opened.   They are notorious for causing problems and easy to test.  Just take it out of the door frame and make sure the wires are not corroded and you can use a meter to see if the switch functions.  Or, you can simply short it out across the two connections and see if the steps operate.   

I have fixed mine a couple of times without even removing it by just giving the button a few circular twists which seems to remove some corrosion inside the switch itself.   

General Discussion / Re: Mothership & maintenance
« on: June 20, 2022, 10:01:48 pm »
Regarding Camping World, I have a question.   Has anyone ever heard a GOOD story about their service?   Surely some folks have had positive experiences but I personally have never encountered one of those people.   Of course, it didn't always have the current corporate structure and it may have been a very different company back before it was rolled up.   

There is a very large Camping World location less than ten minutes from my home and I doubt if I have been in it more than three times in my life.   Once, it was to buy something I didn't have time to order before a trip and once to look at a used motorhome.   Let's just say I was far, far less than impressed with the way they approached the potential motorhome sale.   A couple of months later I bought a similar unit  three hundred miles away.   


General Discussion / Re: Ceiling light question
« on: June 17, 2022, 10:40:08 pm »
OK, FANDJ, I fess up.  I have done the same thing you did.   I just always have left the switch on and used the switch on the light.  I suspect I bumped the entry switch or hit it when I meant to hit the stair extension switch.   

OK, I'll really fess up.   I have done it more than once over the years and always forget to check it first.   My excuse is my mind is older every time I pull that trick.    :help


General Discussion / Re: Exterior silicone
« on: June 17, 2022, 11:09:00 am »
Back to the OP's mold question.   

I have never experienced anything like that and I wonder out loud a question.   Why wouldn't you just take a 25% or so solution of bleach and carefully apply small amounts with an artist brush, leave it there for thirty minutes or so and then flush it with flesh water?   Is it concern that the bleach would hurt the finish?   If you flushed it out after a short period of time then used microfiber cloth or soft brush to remove the mold I wonder if that might work.   

I would not be afraid to try that in a small and hopefully inconspicuous area to see what happens. 

Here is a caution for all of us and has little to do with age.

We have friends who have a nice, reasonably sized fifth wheel.  They got it out of storage last year, brought it home, plugged it in and were getting ready for a long trip.   Well, the long trip turned into a long recovery because the wife  stumbled over the power cord, hit the driveway and has spent six months rehabing her arm which broke in two places.   They are both in excellent physical shape and not older. 

MORAL:  watch those power cords.  And ladders! 

By the way, I love the swirls and I have had more comments about how beautiful our PC looks than I can recall.   Plaine Jane ain't my date of choice.   


I'm with Ron on the old Green PCs.   I thought it was really a good color.   Since we bought our rig when it was eleven months old, we didn't get to select the color and the Green wasn't available by then in any event.   

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